Greater Kruger National Park » Sabi Sand Game Reserve » Lion Sands Ivory Lodge


LOCATIONSabi Sand Game Reserve, MpumalangaPOOLYes - Private Plunge Pool (not heated)
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPAIn-room Massages
CHILD POLICYNo children under 10yrs allowedMALARIAYes (Low Risk Area)

  •   Lion Sands is family owned since 1933 & managed by the fourth-generation of the More Family
  •   Each suite is elevated over the Perennial Sabie River allowing one to enjoy the extraordinary abundance of wildlife from the privacy of their own suite
  •   All suites take the name of an indigenous bird which provide an otherwordly quality to Ivory Lodge
  •   Savour fine but unpretentious dining at Ivory Lodge by enjoying your breakfast on the deck as the bush comes to life, or dinner by candlelight with only the whoop of a hyena or the bark of a baboon as backing vocal.

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04 January - 30 November 2019 Villa R 24,200 per person per night sharing rate for advance bookings
01 December - 17 December 2019 Villa R 20,570 per person per night sharing rate for advance bookings
18 December 2019 - 03 January 2020 Villa R 27,820 per person per night sharing rate for advance bookings
04 January - 30 April 2020 Villa R 26,620 per person per night sharing rate for advance bookings

FOR SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATES PLEASE CONTACT BUSHBREAKS & MORE ON 0861 00 44 55 (South Africa) or +2711 468 3476 (International) or email FOR MORE INFO.

*surcharges on all rates and a minimum 3 night stay will apply over peak holiday periods and long weekends.

• Ultra Luxurious accommodation
• All meals daily
• Selected premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines & champagnes
• Two game drives daily with ranger & tracker
• Game drive refreshments & snacks
• Teas & coffees
• Laundry
• Wi-Fi
• There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person rate for single accommodation.
• At Lion Sands Ivory Lodge there is one room where they can waiver the single supplement. This will be subject to availability at the time of booking.
• Children under 10 years are not allowed.
• Children aged 10 - 15 years sharing with two full paying adults will pay less 50% of the per person adult sharing rate.
• Children 16 years and older will pay the full adult rate.
• If children are booked into Lion Sands Ivory a private Land Rover for the duration of their stay will be compulsory (price on request).
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• A Sabi Sand Gate entrance fee of R 280 per vehicle and R 120 per person is applicable and is payable directly at the Gate. Valid until further notice and subject to change.
• A Guest Conservation Contribution Fee of R 138 per person per night applies and will be added to the invoice for the accommodation at the time of booking. (Subject to change)
• Rates offered above are valid for SA residents only. Special discounted rates for International residents are available on request.

5.5 hours by road from Johannesburg (Shaws Gate).
Federal Air operates daily flights from OR Tambo International Airport to Skukuza Airstrip, followed by an easy game drive to the lodge.
Daily scheduled flights to Nelspruit / Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), followed by either a road transfer (1.5 hours) or light aircraft transfer to the lodge (20 minutes).
A road transfer from Hoedspruit Airport to the lodge will take approximately 3 hours
8 Villas
1 Fish Eagle 2 Bedroom Villa


Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is situated in the Southern portion of the 65,000-hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve (southern Kruger National Park region), an area well known for its spectacular game viewing.
Lion Sands has exclusive access to the Sabie River. From its source high up in the Drakensburg mountain range where it passes through the famous Mac Mac falls, the river through Lion Sands teems with wildlife. It is the definitive safari experience. The relatively cool riverbanks offer a brief respite from the relentless African sun. Splendid parades of animals pass through to quench their thirst at the water's edge. And eager predators wait patiently.

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is a combination of Mother Natures' greatest elements of earth and natural materials which enhance the surrounding bush environment. The lodge boasts a timeless design which incorporates steel, wood, thatch, glass water & sand. Sophistication & contemporary architectural components defines the interiors with bold furniture, edgy decor, ambient lighting, inferences of tribal design & highly textured finishes to make Lion Sands Ivory Lodge an utterly sensory experience. 
The lodge comprises of 8 Luxury Suites & their two-bedroom Fish Eagle Villa which are peaceful refuges boasting a plunge pool & relaxation areas. The Fish Eagle Villa is in a league of its own with a spa & gym, a personal chef, field guide and other aspects that create a family/friend safari experience. A guest spa is also set away from the main lodge & rooms to ensure a privacy is maintained. 

Luxury Suites

Each luxurious suite has been designed for privacy & optimum appreciation of the surrounding wilderness. 
Suites are elevated and over look the perennial Sabi River providing guests with a spectacular view of nature allowing one a great game viewing experience from the privacy of their own suite. 

Each unit boasts the following features: 

Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom
Double volume wardrobe
Outdoor shower situated in an indigenous garden forest
Private lounge with a fireplace
Viewing deck comprising of a private pool & covered patio

The Fish Eagle Villa

If one is looking for the ultimate private safari experience for families & smaller groups of friends look no further than the Lion Sands Ivory Lodge Fish Eagle Villa which can accommodate up to six people (including four adults & two young children sleeping on single beds in their parents' room). Guests have a completely private and intimate experience as the Villa comes with its own private chef who prepares all meals in the Villa's kitchen as well as a dedicated field guide and private safari vehicle. Feel free to indulge in the Villas very own wellness centre with a double treatment room & private exercise facility. The Villa also has a lap pool & jetty overlooking the Sabie River. The Fish Eagle Villa can be booked in conjunction with an adjacent Ivory Lodge Luxury Suite, with up to 8 guests comprising the party enjoying the facilities at the Villa. 

The Two-Bedroom Villa has the following features: 
Private chef
Expansive deck & covered patio with lap pool
Private fire deck
A star jetty for private enjoyment of the natural environment & vivid Milky Way above
Private wellness area & exercise facility
Private safari vehicle
Field guide

Ballooning Safari

On a ballooning safari guests leave the lodge an hour before sunrise, arriving at the Sabie River valley launch site at sunrise. The flight is approximately 1 hour in duration and flies over the entire Sabie River valley. After the flight the guest is then taken to one of the small country lodges within the Sabie River valley for a full English breakfast. This is done outside of the reserve & is a unique way of experiencing another part of the region's natural beauty.

Lion Sands Treehouses - Sleep Out in the Bush

Chalkley Treehouse (maximum two pax)
ZAR 3950 per person, per night sharing
valid until 30 April 2020

Kingston Treehouse (maximum 4 pax; two adults & two children)
ZAR 3,950.00 per person, per night sharing (children aged 10 – 15 pay 50% of the adult sharing rate)
valid until 30 April 2020

In each Tree House, a bush bedroom is set up to accommodate a single/sharing guest/s for the night with secure access and as many of the room comforts as are practically possible, mosquito net, mattress, linen, bedside table, toilet & bush vanity table.

The guests are given the option to either go out at sunset or after dinner depending on their personal preference. For those leaving at sunset a delicious picnic dinner will be packed for them, having the opportunity to spend the hours of dusk, relaxing, absorbing the beauty of the African bushveld as it transforms from day to night.

The Tree Houses are completely private & secluded allowing the guest the unique experience of being completely alone in the wilderness - an experience that few places in the world can truly offer. After the ranger has taken the guests to the Tree House & ensured that they are perfectly safe he will return to the Lodge (15 minutes away). As dawn breaks the guests will either be able to call the Lodge with their radio or await their collection by the Ranger at the pre-arranged time.

Chalkley Tree House: With views extending onto an open plain where you can watch the sunset over the African bushveld. The Tree house is built around a 500 year-old Leadwood Tree where the stars are your only canopy...
These experiences will never be forgotten, guaranteed to touch the soul, a memory that will last forever. (maximum of 2 people per Tree House).

The Kingston Treehouse: constructed entirely from wood and glass, with contemporary décor in understated hues of greys, white, black and purple. No matter what the weather has in store, you will have a safe and luxurious setting with a unique window to enjoy the ever-changing views. In fact, we defy you to find two identical African sunsets The 60m2 Treehouse is situated about 5 minutes from the main lodge, and you will have radio contact with the rangers, should you choose to. You will also find some cellphone reception; but don’t expect any wi-fi in the bush. Kingston is equipped with full bathroom and shower facilities, and Africology products to complete your sensory experience.

Please note, this rate is charged as an extra activity over and above the daily rate for accommodation at the respective Lion Sands lodges.

  • Each suite has private plunge pool and lounge with fireplace
  • Communual bar with fireplace
  • Africology luxury spa
  • Wine cellar
  • Curio shop
  • Boma
  • Executive Library Lounge
  • Internet & telephone access, wireless in public areas
  • Exclusive access to the perennial Sabie River
  • Family owned & managed since 1933

This reserve shares 50km of unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park and animals are at liberty to go wherever they wish - but they tend to stay right where they are! This is because the Sand River and Sabi River supply much needed water in the dry season and create an eco-system with one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations in Southern Africa. This is the reason why it is quite possible to see the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, buffalo and elephant) as well as numerous other animals and birds in a couple of days, or even a couple of hours in Sabi Sand.
The name 'Sabie' comes from the Zulu 'eSaba', meaning 'afraid'. Both man and beast approach the river with care and respect. It is at once a sanctuary of life and a gripping display of survival. It is what visitors from all over the world come to experience: raw, untouched nature. In ancient days, the lush Sabie river basin was overrun by Africa's largest reptile, the Nile crocodile. Today, they bask in the shallows in slightly less numbers, still snapping their deadly jaws at any creature wading in close enough.



  • Take the N12/N4 highway from the Gauteng region towards Emalahleni (formerly known as Witbank), Middleburg and further on to Mbombela (Formerly known as Nelspruit). The route through the Schoemanskloof Valley, just after the Middleburg Toll Plaza, is the preferred one.
  • Upon arrival into Mbombela, follow the R40 from Mbombela through to White River and Rocky’s Drift and on to Hazyview.
  • At the T-junction between Kiepersol and Hazyview, turn left which will take you into the town of Hazyview.
  • At the traffic lights with a large shopping centre on the right hand side, turn right onto the R536 towards Paul Kruger Gate.
  • After 38km turn left onto a gravel road which is signposted to Lion Sands.
  • Drive along the gravel road for approximately 4km. At the T-junction turn right and drive for a further 4km to Shaw’s Gate, the entrance to the Sabi Sand Reserve. Please remember, the animals have right of way. Should you encounter some of our residents on the road, enjoy the sight and allow them to pass before continuing along your route.
  • Follow the signposted route to Lion Sands.
  • After approximately 2km, turn right at the Lion Sands sign. There will be an open plain on the left hand side.
  • Follow the route to either River Lodge or Ivory Lodge.
  • You will encounter a control gate closer to the lodge. Please sign in. You are nearly at your destination.


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